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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2007 13:22:40 +0200

FROM:MRS. GRACE KABAR.TEL: +27 TRANSFER ASSISTANCE/JOINT VENTURE.Attn:Director ,How are you today? First, I must apologize if my mode of first contact is not acceptable to you and also solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly private and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried.My Name is MRS.GRACE KABAR the wife of late Mr. Smith KABAR who was assassinated in 2004 during crisis against the farmers and political unrest that engulfed my Country Zimbabwe and My husband was one of the best farmers in our country and a major financier/sponsorof the opposition partyMovement for Democartic Change (MDC)and knowing that my husbanddid not support the president Robert Mugabe Political ideology, They where shot to dead by unknown Persons who where accusing him of funding and sponsoring a factional Political group with his money. So in respect of this they came to our House and shot my husband and my daughter Siblings, by then I was not at home with my only son James,fortunately, my husband did not die instantly that day. It took him three Months later after that incident before he finally gave up the ghost.Before the death of my husband, in October 28, 2004,in a private hospital, he secretly called me and my son James bedside and told us that he has the sum of US$15.5Million (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which he deposited in a Finance and Security company here Johannesburg South Africa. With my Son’s name James as next of kin to the fund. Now, after the recent crisis that burst up in my Country my son and I ran to South Africa where my husband deposited the fund and seek for asylum seeker, that is how my son and I now went to stay in South Africa as Refugee, So that is where we are currently staying for now. But the problem am encountering now is that when I went to the financial and security company to withdraw the money. I was made to understand that with my status as a refugee I cannot be able to clear the fund, but I can do so with the help of a foreign partner. They told me that the local laws here does not Permit a refugee to operate any business at all, nor transact a fund of such magnitude. So please dear, I am pleading, if you can help me and stand as my nominated next-of-kin and withdraw the fund for me to your account in your Country and I will be very glad to youPlease,If you can be able help and assist me in this project. I will offe your 30% percent of the total money,then after I will come over to your Country to start up a new life. And also go into any profitable business, which you will advise me to do.Note: that this transaction is 100% Trouble free and Risk-Free on both sides, as I have made arrangements for the successful transfer. As such, the only thing I ask from you is total assistance to transfer this money, complete trust and assurance that my own part of money will be safe when transferred to your account. Kindly keep this business proposal highly confidential for security reasons.If you are interested in assisting me, call my son james who is currently in South Africa through thistelephone number +27-83-983-3731 or email him at jameskabar@hotmail.comThanking you in anticipation to your co-operation.Looking forward to your urgent reply, God Bless.Yours sincerely,MRS.GRACE KABAR(For The Family)06-09-2007

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